Mixed Media Meals
I don’t know how well the word “Media” really fits in as part of the title, but it was so alliterative! …on to the food.
I like sometimes to mix flavors in ways that are a little unconventional, and that other people might not think to do. Who says every part of your meal has to match? It’s just like wearing two different socks or wearing stripes and polka dots together–you can do it if you want to!
The other night I threw together some green and red peppers chopped up with summer squash, tossed in olive oil and herbs, and roasted it all for a while. Then I sprinkled it liberally with some Italian blend shredded cheese and it went back in the oven until that got nice and melty.
I was going to make quinoa to go with it, but then I changed my mind and made some tandoori-ginger jasmine rice instead.
If the pictures seem a little fuzzy, I think it’s because the hot food steamed up my phone’s camera lens.
I always really like making tandoori rice because it comes out such a nice coral orange color. I tend to throw in some butter and then probably about a tablespoon of tandoori seasoning. Maybe a bit less. My tandoori seasoning came from T.J. Maxx. You could look for it there or at other stores that have interesting alternative unusual food items. I don’t know how easy it is to find, but my container of it is definitely large enough to last me for a long, long time. I’ve already had it for about two years…
As for the veggies, I just chopped them, sort of roughly, and mixed them all together. The seasonings were very nice. If I remember correctly, I used oregano, rosemary, thyme, and black pepper. Yes, I put pepper on my peppers. It did make them a little spicy, but I like that. Omit the pepper if you don’t like spice.
According to the internet, you’re supposed to roast vegetables at a very high temperature. Next time I think I’ll keep it to 450, because some of the peppers started to look a little bit over-browned before the squash really browned much at all. Luckily, nothing really burned. It was a very nice roast-y flavor.
I still have leftover rice, a week later, so I decided to do something with it today.
That right there is a kale salad with tandoori rice, cajun-sauteed chicken, and a small amount of dried cranberries. It was, in fact, the last of the cranberries, so I’m going to have to buy more.
Do those flavors “go” together? I don’t know. probably not. But they taste good together. So I do it.
I hope you’ve been inspired to combine some foods or flavors you would not have thought to mix before! Food is meant to be enjoyed. Just do whatever you want with it.
Posted on July 7, 2013, in Food and Drink, Life and Style, Non-recipes and tagged cheese, chicken, experiment, Food and Drink, leftovers, rice, salad, seasoning, tandoori, vegetables. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.